Mr. Sunshine (2018)

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  • TV-MA
  • 2018
  • 1 Season
  • 8.7  (10,142)

Mr. Sunshine is a Korean television series that premiered on Netflix in 2018. The show is set in the early 1900s during the Japanese occupation of Korea and follows the story of Eugene Choi (played by Lee Byung-hun), a Korean-born American who returns to his homeland as a U.S. Marine officer.

The series revolves around the lives of various characters living in and around the fictional town of Glory Hotel, where Eugene takes up residence. Other significant characters in the show include Go Ae-sin (played by Kim Tae-ri), the daughter of a noble family involved in the resistance movement against the Japanese; Goo Dong-mae (played by Yoo Yeon-seok), a Korean-born Japanese gangster with conflicted loyalties; and Kudo Hina (played by Kim Min-joung), a Japanese journalist with an interest in Korean culture.

One of the central themes of the show is the struggle for Korean independence amidst a backdrop of political and cultural oppression. Mr. Sunshine portrays this struggle with a great deal of historical accuracy, drawing attention to the brutalities of Japanese imperialism and the efforts of Korean resistance fighters to reclaim their country's sovereignty. The show also delves into issues of identity and belonging, as characters grapple with cultural and national affinities that often clash with their personal aspirations and allegiances.

Mr. Sunshine is a visually stunning series, with detailed costume and set design that perfectly captures the era in which it is set. The show is notable for its emphasis on character development, exploring the motivations and inner lives of its diverse cast in a way that makes them feel truly complex and human.

One of the standout performances of the show comes from Lee Byung-hun, who brings an intense gravitas to the role of Eugene Choi. His commanding presence on screen is matched by his ability to convey both the pain of past traumas and the determination to resist oppression at any cost.

Kim Tae-ri also shines as Go Ae-sin, infusing her character with a fierce intelligence and an unrelenting spirit of resistance. Her chemistry with Lee Byung-hun adds an emotional depth to the series, as their characters navigate a complicated relationship complicated by their disparate cultural backgrounds.

Other notable performances include Yoo Yeon-seok as Goo Dong-mae, who brings a nuanced vulnerability to a character who could have easily come across as one-dimensional. Kim Min-joung also delivers a compelling portrayal of Kudo Hina, an outsider in more ways than one who nevertheless manages to gain the trust and affection of those around her.

Overall, Mr. Sunshine is a masterful work of television that explores complex themes with nuance and sensitivity. Its stunning visuals, powerful performances, and historical accuracy make it a must-watch for anyone interested in Korean history and culture.

Mr. Sunshine (2018) is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (24 episodes). The series first aired on July 7, 2018.

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Episode 24
24. Episode 24
Joseon remains steadfast. The Righteous Army perseveres on its course. Ae-sin keeps her flame ablaze, while Hui-seong, Dong-mae and Eugene try to help.
Episode 23
23. Episode 23
Seeing the explosion, Hui-seong, Dong-mae and Eugene fear the worst. The world's indifference dismays Emperor Gojong, but Joseon's defiance gets bolder.
Episode 22
22. Episode 22
Emperor Gojong tries to shield the nation but is thrust into an impasse. Finding herself behind the eight ball, Ae-sin concedes that words have power.
Episode 21
21. Episode 21
Called an American imperialist, Eugene later asks Ae-sin why she persists in a futile cause. Hui-seong helps Ae-sin out of a bind. An ally joins Ae-sin.
Episode 20
20. Episode 20
The Righteous Army retaliates against Japanese troops and Ae-sin seeks justice. War breaks out in Joseon -- and Eugene gets orders to return to the U.S.
Episode 19
19. Episode 19
Lady Ae-sin loses a part of herself. Lord Go counters mounting imperialist schemes, Hui-seong avenges Ae-sin and Emperor Gojong strikes down a snake.
Episode 18
18. Episode 18
Eugene contends with a viperous imperialist. Seeing Lord Go's incarceration, Hui-seong publishes a special edition. Ae-sin snubs a Japanese official.
Episode 17
17. Episode 17
After giving up that which means the most to him, Hui-seong gets a friend a gift. Lord Go leads an urgent appeal, and Ae-sin faces Japanese troops.
Episode 16
16. Episode 16
Hui-seong starts a newspaper and makes a personal sacrifice. Lord Go marshals support, Ae-sin imagines a different life, and Eugene goes to the palace.
Episode 15
15. Episode 15
A disquieting sight vexes Emperor Gojong. Ae-sin defies Lord Go, Eugene refuses to forgive, and Hui-seong visits the Go family estate.
Episode 14
14. Episode 14
Eugene gets devastating news, Dong-mae is apprehended, Ae-sin asks Hina for help and Hui-seong comes to the rescue when Eugene finds himself cornered.
Episode 13
13. Episode 13
Ae-sin and Eugene take a ride out to the sea. A nefarious scoundrel takes great interest in Hui-seong and Eugene. Lord Go Sa-hong meets with Hui-seong.
Episode 12
12. Episode 12
Reaffirming her commitment, Ae-sin stands by her decision. While she makes an unexpected pact over castella cake, Eugene investigates an old photograph.
Episode 11
11. Episode 11
Ae-sin apologizes to Eugene, but he hopes that she'll keep fighting for her Joseon. Hui-seong takes a streetcar ride with Ae-sin and proposes a plan.
Episode 10
10. Episode 10
The emperor seeks Eugene's aid. Hui-seong visits the tailor. Ae-sin feels conflicted after hearing Eugene's story, but later sees him on a snowy night.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
Eugene wants to know why Ae-sin can't pull back, but her path is with the Righteous Army. Hui-seong disagrees with Ae-sin and offers an alternative.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
Despite being advised to lay low as a noble lady, Ae-sin undertakes a dangerous operation. Eugene makes a surprising move and Hui-seong probes his past.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
Ae-sin learns love's real meaning and crushes a thug. Emperor Gojong asserts Joseon's authority. Eugene reveals his Korean name to Ae-sin.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
Ae-sin gets a new mission. Eugene, Dong-mae and Hui-seong have something in common. Eugene delves into his past, and finally gives Ae-sin his answer.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
Ae-sin meets Hui-seong for coffee at the hotel. Eugene deals with Japanese troops at the U.S. legation, and wants to know why Ae-sin defends Joseon.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
July 7, 2018
Suspicions run deep as U.S. troops lose a gun on a train. Ae-sin shows Dong-mae compassion, Hui-seong returns to Joseon, and Eugene considers revenge.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
July 7, 2018
In an age of imported coffee and fashions, Ae-sin prefers her German gun, but wonders what the English word love means and whether Eugene is a friend.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
July 7, 2018
The empress has been murdered: For Ae-sin, words are useless against rapacious foreign powers; she’ll take up arms instead. Eugene gets a new post.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
July 7, 2018
Joseon stands firm against U.S. incursion. Yu-jin survives in America -- as Eugene. Ae-sin knows that great change is afoot with global ramifications.
Where to Watch Mr. Sunshine (2018)
Mr. Sunshine (2018) is available for streaming on the Netflix website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Mr. Sunshine (2018) on demand at Netflix.
  • Premiere Date
    July 7, 2018
  • IMDB Rating
    8.7  (10,142)